Definition 2023


get into



get into (third-person singular simple present gets into, present participle getting into, simple past got into, past participle gotten into or got into)

  1. To move into an object, such that one ends up inside it.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
    She got into the car.
  2. To reach into an object.
    The small child got into everything.
  3. To become involved in a discussion, issue, or activity.
    He got into politics.
    My sister has got into flower arranging recently.
  4. To enter an unfavourable state.
    How did we get into such a mess?
  5. To make behave uncharacteristically.
    I don't know what's gotten into that child.